Saturday, October 31, 2015

Only now does it occur to me... BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, "HALLOWEEN" (2x06)

Only now does it occur to me... that the second season BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER episode "Halloween" is essentially an hour-long homage to underrated horror classic HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH

Malevolent sorcerer and costume shop owner Ethan Rayne (Robin Sachs)

 casts a spell that turns the children of Sunnydale into their Halloween costumes

whereupon children wearing ghoul masks become actual ghouls

and attack kindly old ladies.

This is remarkably similar to Conal Cochran's (Dan O'Herlihy) plan in HALLOWEEN III to turn children into piles of killer snakes and spiders via his Stonehenge-powered mask factory.

In BUFFY, this also means that Xander (Nicholas Brendon) becomes a soldier,
Willow (Alyson Hannigan) becomes a ghost,

and Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) becomes a helpless duchess from the 1700s.

This is all pretty absurd, but no more absurd than the glory that is HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH.  Happy Halloween, everybody!



Jason said...

Nice work, Sean! Catching up on your Halloween Countdown tonight. Every year without fail you manage to work "Halloween 3" into the conversation. Thank you for that. (Tonight I'm watching Halloween 5.) Enjoy your night!

Sean Gill said...


Thanks, man––hope you had a nice Halloween!

J.D. Lafrance said...

Wow. I never thought to make this connection but I can totally see what you're saying. Carpy's influence is everywhere!

Sean Gill said...


Indeed! (Obviously, I never underestimate the staying power of HALLOWEEN III.)